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Underwater Photography

Serena Bowles | Divers Watching Hawksbill Turtle, Turks and Caicos

Divers Watching Hawksbill Turtle, Turks and Caicos

Two divers watch excitedly as a hawksbill turtle swims over the sand in the waters off the Turks and Caicos Island of Providenciales. The hawksbill sea turtle, which is critically endangered, is similar in appearance to other marine turtles, having a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean.
Serena Bowles | Red Octopus at Night

Red Octopus at Night

Octopuses, or octopi, have two eyes and four pairs of arms. They have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally flexible of all invertebrates. This large specimen was spotted on a night dive in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Pink Camouflaged Scorpion Fish

Pink Camouflaged Scorpion Fish

Scorpion Fish have bodies lined with venomous spines for defence. This specimen was sheltering amongst soft coral in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Hunting Lionfish, Red Sea, Egypt

Hunting Lionfish, Red Sea, Egypt

A group of three Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea in Egypt, with orange anthias in the background.
Serena Bowles | Coral Grouper Fish Being Cleaned

Coral Grouper Fish Being Cleaned

A coral grouper fish waits at a cleaning station while a cleaner wrasse nibbles off the parasites from his scales.
Serena Bowles | School of Yellowfin or Goldstripe Goatfish, Red Sea, Egypt

School of Yellowfin or Goldstripe Goatfish, Red Sea, Egypt

What a joy to swim into a school of goldstripe goatfish, also known as yellowfin goatfish (Mulloidichthys vanicolensis, to give them their Latin name). Taken whilst diving in the Red Sea, Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Napoleon Wrasse Fish

Napoleon Wrasse Fish

The Napoleon wrasse is known by many names, including Maori wrasse, humphead wrasse and Napoleonfish. Males can grow up to two metres long, and live for 25 years; females grow as long as one metre, and live for around 30 years. Their diet includes shellfish, sea stars, sea urchins and crabs, and they eat a number of toxic creatures, which makes them an essential link in the underwater food chain.
Serena Bowles | Red Scorpion Fish With Mouth Open

Red Scorpion Fish With Mouth Open

A dark red scorpion fish sits nestled in between hard coral beneath the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsular in Egypt. He opens his mouth just as wide as he can, revealing a delicate pink inside.
Serena Bowles | Baby Cuttlefish and Hard Coral

Baby Cuttlefish and Hard Coral

Cuttlefish are marine molluscs, considered to be one of the most intelligent of invertebrates. They eat small molluscs, crabs, shrimp, fish, octopuses, worms, and other cuttlefish, and their life expectancy is about one to two years. This young specimen was spotted hovering above hard coral in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Brown Coral Cod Resting on Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

Brown Coral Cod Resting on Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

A brown coral cod resting on hard coral in the Red Sea, Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Inside the Fish Baitball, Red Sea, Egypt

Inside the Fish Baitball, Red Sea, Egypt

This photograph was taken from inside a baitball. Hundreds of juvenile fish have been herded into a dense school by pelagic predators, in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Caribbean Reef Shark Swimming Into Shot

Caribbean Reef Shark Swimming Into Shot

A Caribbean reef shark, Carcharhinus perezi, swims stealthily past the lens, close to the coral reef. Measuring up to 3 metres long, the Caribbean reef shark is one of the largest predators in the reef ecosystem, feeding on a variety of fishes and cephalopods. Taken whilst diving off Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.
Serena Bowles | Small Wrasse Fish on Hard Coral

Small Wrasse Fish on Hard Coral

A small, translucent wrasse, with bulging eyes, rests on a striking hard coral with a fluorescent green tinge. Picture taken at Eel Garden, North West Point, in the waters surrounding Providenciales, on of the islands of Turks & Caicos in the British West Indies. Square crop.
Serena Bowles | The Eye of a Trumpet fish

The Eye of a Trumpet fish

Long-bodied trumpet fish - Aulostomus Maculatus - can grow up to 80 cm in length. They are curious creatures, and like to investigate divers, allowing them to get handy close-ups. Taken in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Divers Photographing an Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Red Sea

Divers Photographing an Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Red Sea

Oceanic whitetip sharks are stunning creatures with large, stocky bodies. They are inquisitive, and will approach divers, coming surprisingly close. Sadly their numbers are drastically declining because their large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup and, as with other shark species, the whitetip faces mounting fishing pressure throughout its range. Taken whilst diving in the Red Sea off Egypts Sinai Peninsular.
Serena Bowles | Napoleon Maori Wrasse over Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

Napoleon Maori Wrasse over Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

The Napoleon wrasse is known by many names, including Maori wrasse, humphead wrasse and Napoleonfish. Males can grow up to two metres long, and live for 25 years; females grow as long as one metre, and live for around 30 years. Their diet includes shellfish, sea stars, sea urchins and crabs, and they eat a number of toxic creatures, which makes them an essential link in the underwater food chain.
Serena Bowles | Domino Damselfish in Anemone, Red Sea, Egypt

Domino Damselfish in Anemone, Red Sea, Egypt

A cute little family of Domino Damselfish (Dascyllus trimaculatus) hanging out at home - they live in an attractive anemone, with green-tinged polyps and a bright red underside . . . quite the des res! Dominos are popular aquarium fish, however these were photographed whilst diving the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Giant Moray Eel and Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

Giant Moray Eel and Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

A Giant Moray Eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) peers out from his safe haven amongst hard coral, on the look out for food. Taken whilst diving in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Clown Fish in Green Anemone

Clown Fish in Green Anemone

The Twoband Anemone fish - Amphiprion bicinctus - is the most common clown fish in the Red Sea. This one is sheltering in a green anemone.
Serena Bowles | Large Silver Barracuda

Large Silver Barracuda

The fearsome barracuda (Sphyraena) is a ray-finned fish with sharp, fang-like teeth. They are opportunist predators, and can swim up to 27 miles per hour.
Serena Bowles | Red Coral Cod Fish over Hard Coral

Red Coral Cod Fish over Hard Coral

A shot of a fish - a bright red coral cod, or grouper - taken whilst diving off the Turks and Caicos Islands. Processed using selective colour, or isolations, to make the red fish stand out.
Serena Bowles | Close up of Pink & Yellow Soft Coral

Close up of Pink & Yellow Soft Coral

A close up of a soft coral tree with vibrant pinks and yellows, in the Red Sea off Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Octopus on the Rocks, Turks and Caicos

Octopus on the Rocks, Turks and Caicos

Octopuses, or octopi, have two eyes and four pairs of arms. They have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places, and are among the most intelligent and behaviourally flexible of all invertebrates. This large specimen was spotted whilst diving a site called Eel Garden, North West Point off the Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies.
Serena Bowles | Napoleon Wrasse Fish

Napoleon Wrasse Fish

The Napoleon wrasse is known by many names, including Maori wrasse, humphead wrasse and Napoleonfish. Males can grow up to two metres long, and live for 25 years; females grow as long as one metre, and live for around 30 years. Their diet includes shellfish, sea stars, sea urchins and crabs, and they eat a number of toxic creatures, which makes them an essential link in the underwater food chain.
Serena Bowles | Oceanic Whitetip Shark with Pilot Fish

Oceanic Whitetip Shark with Pilot Fish

Oceanic whitetip sharks are stunning creatures with large, stocky bodies. They are inquisitive, and will approach divers, coming surprisingly close. Sadly their numbers are drastically declining because their large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup and, as with other shark species, the whitetip faces mounting fishing pressure throughout its range. Taken whilst diving in the Red Sea off Egypts Sinai Peninsular.
Serena Bowles | Feeding Whip Anemone, Albany, Australia

Feeding Whip Anemone, Albany, Australia

Underwater shot of a whip anemone open and feeding, taken whilst diving in Albany in South West Australia.
Serena Bowles | French Grunts Fish Sheltering at Thunderdome

French Grunts Fish Sheltering at Thunderdome

This picture shows a school of French Grunts sheltering at a popular dive site called Thunderdome off the Bahaman islands of Turks and Caicos. French Grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) are yellow fish with horizontal silver stripes running the length of the body and diagonally-oriented stripes below the lateral line of the body. They are found in the Caribbean Ocean and like to travels in schools. The average size of an adult specimen is 6 to 10 inches.
Serena Bowles | Clown fish in Pale Green Anemone, Red Sea, Egypt

Clown fish in Pale Green Anemone, Red Sea, Egypt

The Twoband Anemone fish - Amphiprion bicinctus - is the most common clown fish in the Red Sea. This one is sheltering in a pale green anemone.
Serena Bowles | Red Scorpion Fish rests on Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

Red Scorpion Fish rests on Hard Coral, Red Sea, Egypt

A dark red scorpion fish sits nestled in between hard coral beneath the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsular in Egypt.
Serena Bowles | Bright Orange Nudibranch

Bright Orange Nudibranch

A vibrant orange and white nudibranch - a favourite amongst underwater photographers - going about his business on Busseltons Four Mile Reef in Western Australia.
Serena Bowles | Fish Feeding with Mouths Open

Fish Feeding with Mouths Open

A school of silver fish swim towards the surface, opening their mouths wide to feed as they go. Taken whilst diving in the Red Sea off Egypts Sinai Peninsular. Square crop.